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CHICAGO (STMW) – A 17-year-old is facing felony charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers and was shot by them Thursday in the South Side Fuller Park neighborhood.

The teen is being charged as a juvenile with two felony counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer with a firearm, one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, one felony count of unlawful possession of a handgun and two misdemeanor counts of a resisting and obstructing a peace officer, a statement from Chicago Police said.

Police would not release his name because he is a juvenile.

About 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Area Central Gun Team officers saw two “suspicious” males in an alley near the 4400 block of South Princeton Avenue, the statement said.

The officers approached the two males to interview them, but they both ran off, the statement said. The males separated while police ran after them.

The 17-year-old had a gun and ran northbound through an alley on Princeton Avenue and pointed his gun toward officers, the statement said. Police shot and struck him in response.

He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said at the time, and his injury was non-life-threatening.

The other suspect was found a short time later and also taken into custody, but only the 17-year-old was charged in this incident, police said Sunday.

According to Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden, the incident began after officers saw a man hand something to another man in an alleyway near 45th Street and Portland Avenue.

When police approached, one of the men took off running and officers could see a silver handgun in his hand, Camden said.

The man allegedly turned and shot at the officers who returned fire, striking him in the leg, Camden said. Authorities eventually found him hiding behind a building and took him into custody.

The teen will appear in juvenile court, but the date was not immediately known.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)